The use of automated data-processing techniques raises challenges not only for the specific policy area in which they are operated, but also for society as a whole. The right to life, the right to fair trial, the presumption of innocence, the right to privacy and freedom of expression, workers’ rights, the right to free elections, and the rule of law itself are all impacted. The impact of ‘algorithms’ used by the public and private sector, in particular by internet platforms, on the exercise of human rights and the possible regulatory implications has become one of the most hotly debated questions today. 

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The Council of Europe expert committee on automated processing and different forms of artificial intelligence (MSI-AUT) is developing detailed guidelines for member states to curb the negative human rights impacts of algorithms in the public and private sector and to enhance their benefits for society. 

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